Bahir Dar

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Bahir Dar is a town set on the southern tip of Lake Tana, where local fishermen still use Tankwa’s (small papyrus boats) for trade and transport. The city is one of the tourist paradises in north western Ethiopia. In Bahir Dar, you will enjoy strolling through palm-lines avenues, relaxing at lake side, visiting ancient monasteries that have been built on the islands of Lake Tana, visiting to awe-inspiring Blue Nile Falls, riding bicycle and much more.

Lake Tana

Covering around 3,673 square kilometers, Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia and the principal reservoir of the Nile. The lake has 37 islands and 20 of these shelters monasteries and churches. The lake
is home to variety of bird and fish species.

Islands and Monasteries in and at the shore of Lake Tana

 A boat trip to the islands of Lake Tana is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Bahir Dar. Churches and monasteries were founded during the 14th century on the islands. Most monks of these monasteries spend their days in meditation and cultivating their gardens so they live a completely self containing life.

Most monks of these monasteries spend their days in meditation and cultivating their gardens so they live a completely self containing
life. Some of the most interesting island churches and monasteries include Kibran Gabriel, Ura Kidane Mihret, Azwa Mariam, Mehal Zege Georgis, Dega Estefanons, Narga Selassie; Tana Cherkos and so on.
You will see priceless collections of icons,historical crowns,crosses and fine royal collections

 

Gondar

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Set in a landscape of incomparable beauty, Gondar is popular as tourist attraction for its Medieval Castles and churches. Gondar became the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. During its long years as a capital, the settlement emerged as one of the largest and most populous cities. It was a great commercial centre, trading with the rich lands south of the Blue Nile, as well as with Sudan to the west and the Red Sea port of Massawa to the north-east. Downtown of Gondar shows the influence of the Italian occupation of the late 1930s. The main piazza has shops, a cinema and other public buildings in Italian style distinctively of the period despite later changed and frequently neglect.

Lalibela

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Lalibela is the second capital of the ancient Ethiopian Empire in the north next to Axsum. It is also holyland for Ethiopia’s Orthodox Christians. Today the town of Lalibela hosts 12 rock-hewn churches and all are renowned for their magnificent and unique rock-carvings. Those rock-hewn churches were founded in the 12th century by King Lalibela and are one of the world’s most incredible man made creations. As an active pilgrim site, the town is extensively visited and a source of admiration for architects and tourists alike. Lying in the Lasta mountain Lalibela was originally called Roha and was a site of the Zagwe dynasty, of the Agew people. The decline of the Axumite dynasty gave rise to the Zagwe dynasty and, as a result, power shifted southward from Axum. The construction of the churches took King Lalibela more than 60,000 men to finish the work. The legend says that the work was assited by angels to finish the work in a short time. However, it is more likely that King Lalibela drew inspiration during his exil in Jerusalem, which gave him a longing to build a “new Jersalem” in Ethiopia which is accessible for all Ethiopians.

Lalibela is still a rather isolated place and the town has not changed much since the building of the churches. It is also interesting to visit Ashetan St. Maryam Church, which is located near the summit of an over 3,200masl mountain. It was built about 1000years ago and it is believed to be the closest to heaven and god by local people. Tourists walk or ride mule and enjoy the splendid views on their way to the rockhewn church.

Great sites to visit in Lalibela include…

  • Medhane Alem Church
  • St. Maryam Church
  • St. George Church
  • St. Emmanuel Church
  • Ashetan St. Maryam Church
  • Neakutoleab Monastry

Axum

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Axsum, Ethiopia’s most ancient city, and capital of one of the most glorious empires of the past, boasts of an extremely rich culture of civilization symbolized by the remaining sites and treasures. The Axumite Empire was one of the four great empires of the world and flourished 3000 years ago. It had great control over trade routes of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean; an economically, politically, and socially stable state covering from Saudi Arabia to Central and Southern Africa. Christianity, coin mintage, a special language and a special alphabet describes Axsum’s early civilization. Moreover, magnificent obelisks, the graves of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel and the Legendary Bath of the Queen Sheba show the richness of the empire at the time. In the 16th century, Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion was built in the compound of an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. It is said that the original Ark of the Covenant is rest in its sanctuary. The churches and monasteries of Axsum are richly endowed with icons, and some of the historical crowns of ancient Emperors.

About 100km east from Axum, over 120 rock-hewn churches were built from 4th to 15th century – Rock-Hewn Churches of TIgray. Most of them are visited around the Gera-Alta chained mountains. Others are found in eastern and southern Tigray. Abreha-We-Atsbeha, which was hewn in the 4th century is famous for its beautiful fresco paintings.

  • Great sites to visit in and around Axum include…
  • Obelisk (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Old Church of St. Mary of Zion – It is said that the original Ark of the Covenant is rest in its sanctuary
  • King Kaleb’s Palace –ancient underground tombs
  • Abba Pentaleon Monastery
  • Queen of Sheba’s Palace
  • Rock-Hewn Churches of Tigray –about 120 rock-hewn churches

  • Holiday/ Vacation tours and travel
  • Business tours and travel
  • Study/educational tours
  • Mountain and desert trekking
  • Bird watching, horse riding experience
  • Cycling tours
  • Other special interest tours

  • Designing tailor made program depending on the client’s time budget and choice of destinations and other interests
  • Meet and assist services, airport transfers
  • Air ticket services (including booking)
  • Hotel and lodge reservations

  • Guiding service
  • Car/vehicle hire services
  • Camping equipment arrangement
  • Cook, Mule, Mulemen arrangement

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